|Sushi in Schools Project|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 17 October 2012 00:00|
Lunch options have changed for students across the country with new federal standards, but Tippecanoe High School offerings have gone a step further with the addition of sushi.
A Sushi in Schools project through Fusian, a young company operating in Dayton and Cincinnati, was introduced this fall to what Principal Belinda Banks described as “amazing” response.
On the first day of sushi offerings, Fusian staff arrived with 65 servings. It sold out during the first lunch. Thursday now has become sushi day.
Gary Pfister, the Tipp City schools’ director of services, was introduced to Fusian sushi through his oldest son, a student at the University of Dayton. Once he tried it, Pfister said he became “hooked” and subsequently learned via Twitter about the Sushi In School programs at Oakwood and Miami Valley high schools.
“This struck me as a great idea and prompted me to contact them” about making sushi available at Tippecanoe, Pfister said.
“I thought it would be neat to have this as an offering in our cafeteria,” he said. “In addition, he also gives the kids something to look forward to each week and will, hopefully, increase the participation in our lunch program throughout the remainder of the week.”
Superintendent John Kronour told the Board of Education about the sushi offering at last month’s board meeting. He said the cost is $6.50 a piece.
Fusian started in May 2010 in Cincinnati and opened a second location, in Dayton, last October. The company is building a third site near Ohio State University, with opening scheduled for early 2013.
Brothers Zach and Josh Weprin and friend Stephan Harman, all Oakwood High School graduates, founded the company.
“We were trying to think outside the box on how to get our high quality healthy sushi into more people’s hands,” Zach Weprin explained. “We are constantly seeking ways to build our brand and share our lifestyle of eating healthy and being active with as many people in the community as possible.”
They realized the best means of achieving that goal would be through the youth.
“If we can educate kids about eating healthy and being active, we can make our footprint on helping with the childhood obesity problem in America. It was a win-win situation for us as a company and brand and for the schools for offering a healthy fun alternative for the kids,” Zach Weprin said.
Fusian currently is serving crab, chicken, shrimp, veggie, tuna and salmon rolls.
“We do everything we can to accommodate several different types of students,” he said. “The kids love it. They tweet and Facebook about it. We give them something to look forward to.”